"War games" definitely displayed some true 80's themes. The computer age was really dawning on society and was finding its way into people's homes all across America. As the technology age began to boom back in the 80's there was presumably natural fears that computer technology would grow too fast and computers might become to powerful and could take over. But, I think the most things that the computerized generation was worried about were that they would rely too much on computers that they would lose control of them. These fears have probably still survived a little today, but not as much. Originally people were worried that their jobs would be replaced by computers and that particular occupations would become extinct and obsolete. In general this hasn't really happened. Sure computers have simplified certain tasks and job shuffling has probably occurred, but since the 80's many people have found themselves doing different jobs than they imagined.
But, overall more jobs have opened up because of computers than they have taken away.
The fear of total nuclear war was clearly painted in this film, war games. It could be seen through out the movie that nobody really wanted to have a nuclear war and there was a clear message in the whole movie that if a nuclear war started there would be no winners. We never saw in the minds and the motives of the Russians of this film, but we could see that the military of the U.S did not want to start another world war. The whole idea behind the cold war was clear in conflict as neither the Russians nor the Americans were going to start the fighting they just each wanted to be ready if the other attacked.
The ever uplifted computer hacker must have...